Project data
Authors Joshua M. Pearce
Status Designed
Completed 2015
Made Yes
Replicated No
Instance of Photovoltaic module spacer
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RepRap 3-D printing has already been shown to be a versatile tool for fabricating novel photovoltaic racking designs, however, they can also be useful for installing conventional PV modules on conventional racking. In order to ensure appropriate spacing and well oriented array these open-source photovoltaic spacers can be printed. The design has been created to be parametric in OpenSCAD so this design can be used for any conventional array.

The concept and testing of the design was performed by SolarUP

The device is 100% 3-D printable and should be printed with a reasonable infill as this is a tool that will be used on a construction site. PLA is fine although other materials can be used.

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OpenSCAD[edit | edit source]

All measurements in mm

s=6.35; // 1/4 inch spacing
l=12.7; // 1/2 inch lip
d=25.5; // 1 inch down
x=127; // 5 inch length

 cube([l+l+s,s,x], center=true); // lip
 translate([0,-d/2-s/2,0])cube([s,d,x], center=true); // spacer
 translate([0,d+5,0])cylinder(r=s, h=x, center=true); // handle
 translate([0,d/1.5,d*2.25-.25])cube([d,1.5*d,d/2], center=true); // handle connector
 translate([0,d/1.5,-d*2.25+.25])cube([d,1.5*d,d/2], center=true); // handle connector

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Page data
Type Project
Keywords 3d printing, pv module spacer, photovoltaic, solar power, solar energy, plastic
SDG Sustainable Development Goal SDG07 Affordable and clean energy, SDG08 Decent work and economic growth, SDG09 Industry innovation and infrastructure, SDG11 Sustainable cities and communities
Published 2015
License CC-BY-SA-3.0
Affiliations MTU, Michigan_Tech's_Open_Sustainability_Technology_Lab
Language English (en)
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